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Can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

Can sleep  apnea  cause  low oxygen  level?

Yes,: Both obstructive and central sleep apnea can lead to a decreased gas exchange in the lung through either decreased airflow or disturbed ventilation during the sleep and subsequently result in low oxygen level in blood. ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


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Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Have moderate sleep apnea W/severe O2 loss. Will treat w/CPAP & oxygen. In future is it possible oxygen can be withdrawn & Cpap alone be adequate?

Sometimes: Depends on whether patients have underlying lung disease and whether oxygen is also needed during the day as well. I have seen those that stay on oxygen and those that end up only on cpap over time. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed w/sleep apnea & was told my oxygen dropped to 68. I know normal levels are in the 90s. What is the effect of levels in the 60s?

I was just diagnosed w/sleep apnea & was told my oxygen dropped to 68. I know normal levels are in the 90s. What is the effect of levels in the 60s?

Sleep apnea: This is a serious condition. Low levels mean that your system esp. Your brain is suffering from periodic deprivation of normal oxidation of the blood, which is dangerous, you should be under care for the apnea, which often is applying pressured air via a face mask to keep oxygen levels normal. ...Read more

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Would an oxygen supplement help a 3 y.O. With sleep apnea?

Would an oxygen supplement help a 3 y.O. With sleep apnea?

Usually not: Most likely your 3 y/o has obstructive sleep apnea, which is caused by upper airway obstruction while sleeping. Usually this is from large tonsils and adenoids and can be treated with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Oxygen will not help the airway is blocked. Some children may have other types of sleep apnea or lung conditions that may require oxygen, so you should contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have sleep apnea and a hypoxia index of 17. Is 17 bad or good? I am going on cpap and oxygen. Looking for an answer. Thanks!

I have sleep apnea and a hypoxia index of 17. Is 17 bad or good? I am going on cpap and oxygen. Looking for an answer. Thanks!

Moderately bad: Apnea-hypopnea index of 17 means you obstruct (stop breathing) or partially obstruct an average of 17 times per hour (normal is <5). More important, however, is the degree of oxygen deprivation caused by the disruption. I have many patients who have ahi > 90. If your blood o2 levels are low, your regimen is great. If not low, you can use dental device, likely with good success. ...Read more

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If someone has 'hypoxemia' and is receiving oxygen, why would they need to be tested for sleep apnea? Wouldn't the oxygen take care of the apnea?

Perhaps.: The hypoxemia may be related to sleep apnea. No, if you have sleep apnea, either the airway is blocked (obstructive) or you don't breath (central). In either case, sleep studies are indicated. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

What is the probablity of a person with sleep apnea dying due to lack of oxygen?

Sleep apnea: The greater the sleep apnea ( classifications from mild to severe) the greater the chance of dying of " natural causes " in your sleep. Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition and should be actively treated. ...Read more

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Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Consistent oxygen saturation of 89-90 while sleeping. Is this considered obstructive sleep apnea?

Right on the brink: Typically, O2 sats while asleep in a healthy individual should be >90. If yours are typically hitting 90 or below then, I'd say you are right in the crack between barely normal and barely abnormal. I'd think for a 19 year old nonsmoker you could do a bit better than that so it all depends on what else is going on. That number by itself doesn't diagnose OSA but "yes" you could have it. ...Read more

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more